Regions

The North American Baptist Conference is a collection of more than four hundred churches dispersed across eleven regions. Each region is led by a Regional Minister, a pastor to the pastors and churches within their region. Through the Regional Ministers, the NAB is capable of effectively ministering to each church on a more personal level.

Alberta Baptist Association

Covering Alberta, Canada, as well as a bit of British Columbia and Saskatchewan, the Alberta Baptist Association is not the largest region in the NAB, but it contains the most churches, totaling sixty. The regional minister is Dr. Jim Leverette, with Dr. Terry Fossen as the associate regional minister.

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Dr. Jim Leverette
Regional Minister
In addition to serving as the regional minister for the Alberta Baptist Association, he also teaches Pastoral Leadership, and he formerly held the title of Academic Vice-President of Taylor Seminary. He also counts himself among the alumni of Taylor. Jim has been married to his wife, Cheryl, since 1979. His favorite movie is Tombstone, starring Kurt Russell, and his favorite book is Start with Why, by Simon Sinek.Office Phone: (780) 438-8852 | Cell Phone: (780) 318-3140 | E-mail: jleverette@nab.ca
Address:
11525 – 23 Ave
Edmonton, AB T6J 4T3
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Dr. Terry Fossen
Associate Regional Minister
He has a passion for pastoral leadership and development. A pastor for many years, he is now the associate regional minister for the Alberta Baptist Association. He is also the former vice-president of External Relations at Taylor Seminary and has taught courses at the school for many years. He’s been married to Tamara for over thirty-seven years, and they have six children and one granddaughter. He enjoys the Lord of the Rings movies and reading Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning.Office Phone: (780) 438-8852 | Cell Phone: (780) 901-8133 | E-mail: tfossen@nab.ca
Address:
11525 – 23 Ave
Edmonton, AB T6J 4T3
Canada

Atlantic Region

What is now known as the Atlantic Region was the location of some of the first German Baptist Churches in North America. The region consists of fifteen churches across New Jersey, eastern New York, and Pennsylvania. The regional minister is Rev. Larry Burd.

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Rev. Larry Burd
Regional Minister
He is the regional minister for the Atlantic Association. He served as the pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Easton, Pennsylvania, for thirty-three years until September 2016, when he went on a nine-month sabbatical, after which he returned to Calvary on a part-time basis. He is married to Sharon. His favorite movie is Fiddler on the Roof. He also enjoys the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing, and gardening.Office Phone: (610) 365-5300 | Cell Phone: (610) 417-2441 | E-mail: lburd@calvarybaptistpa.com
Address:
5300 Green Pond Road
Easton, PA 18045
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British Columbia Association

Regional Minister Dr. Bob Krahn serves twenty-eight NAB churches in fourteen cities, including one just south of the Canadian–United States border in the state of Washington.

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Dr. Bob Krahn
Regional Minister
He has been the regional minister for the British Columbia Association since 2005. He holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Alberta and an MDiv and DMin from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has worked a diverse collection of jobs, including as an underground miner, a heavy equipment operator, a big game guide, and a plumber’s helper. He has been married to Dawn for more than forty-three years, and they have two married children and six grandchildren.Office Phone: (604) 575-6820 | E-mail: bkrahn@bcnabc.ca
Address:
18783 – 63 Ave.
Surrey, BC V3S 7N9
Canada

Central Plains Region

The Central Plains Region is the combination of fifty-five churches across three different groups, the Southern Association, which is Louisiana and Texas; the Southwestern Association, formed of Colorado, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, and Missouri; and the Great Plains Association, which is most of South Dakota and a few churches in Iowa. The regional minister is Rev. Dan Heringer.

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Rev. Dan Heringer
Regional Minister
He lives in Fort Worth, Texas, with his wife, Geri. He has served as an associate pastor, a church planter, the Coordinator of Leadership Development for the NAB, and a lead pastor. Since 2011, he has been the Central Plains regional minister. He enjoys reading John Grisham novels. He desires to see every church in his region growing to consistently help people love God and love people so they become disciples who themselves make disciples at home and abroad.Office Phone: (817) 862-7314 | Cell Phone: (714) 936-9433 | E-mail: dheringer@cprnab.org
Address:
2105 Stoney Gorge Rd.
Fort Worth, TX 76177
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Eastern Association

There are four clusters that the thirty-one churches in the Eastern Association are broken into: the Ottawa Valley from Montreal to Killaloe; the Golden Horseshoe from Toronto to Kitchener; Pennsylvania from Pittsburgh to Erie; and New York from Buffalo to Vermont. The regional minister is Dr. David Ewing.

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Dr. Dave Ewing
Regional Minister
As he travels to the more than thirty churches in his region, his wife, Jean, accompanies him and connects with the wives of the pastors and leaders. They have been NAB church members within the Eastern Association since 1989. He attended seminary in the United States before pastoring in NAB churches. They have four children and eight grandchildren, living in France, Japan, Virginia, and New York. David graduated from McMaster University Divinity College in 1996 with a DMin.Office Phone: (716) 276-1231 | Cell Phone: (716) 573-4540 | E-mail: pastorewing@roadrunner.com
Address:
8254 Katie Lane
Williamsville, NY 14221
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Great Lakes Association

The Great Lakes Association consists of twenty-five churches as far north as Alpena, on the northern tip of the southern Michigan peninsula, and as far south as Covington, Kentucky, just across the river from Cincinnati, Ohio. The regional minister is Rev. Terry Holley.

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Rev. Terry Holley
Regional Minister
He is the regional minister for the Great Lakes Region. Previous to this, he was the senior pastor at Heartland Community Church in Medina, Ohio, a church he planted back in 1997. He holds an MDiv from Ashland Theological Seminary. He has been married to his wife, Janie, since 1974, and they have two adult children, Nate and Elisa. Among his favorite works is the movie Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.Office Phone: (330) 723-0781 | Cell Phone: (330) 635-2794 | E-mail: terry_holley@hotmail.com
Address:
884 Laurel Glens Dr.
Medina, OH 44256
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Northern California Association

Regional Minister Rev. Rick Weber serves the thirty-seven churches that make up the Northern California Association. With churches as far north as Lincoln and as far south as San Jose, the majority of churches are situated in the area around Sacramento, the state capital.

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Rev. Rick Weber
Regional Minister
He resides in Roseville, California, with Annie, his wife of over thirty-six years. He served on staff at churches in Ohio, Michigan, and South Dakota before becoming the regional minister for the Northwest region prior to taking the NorCal regional minister position. They have two daughters: Megan and Malarie. When he is not “working,” he is laughing with friends, giving new life to discarded items, landscaping, or grocery shopping and cooking with Annie.Cell Phone: (916) 936-7611 | E-mail: Rick@NorCalNAB.org
Address:
6244 Big Bend Drive
Roseville, CA 95678
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Northern Plains Region

The Northern Plains Region consists of forty-nine churches that make up the Manitoba Baptist Association and the North Central Association. It is formed by the province of Manitoba and the states of Montana, North Dakota, and a section of South Dakota.

Northwest Region

Formed by the twenty-eight churches in the four states that are in the northwest corner of the United States, the Northwest Region is served by Regional Minister Chris Gorman.

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Chris Gorman
Regional Minister
He planted Central Valley Community Church in Hartford, South Dakota, in 2000. In 2016, he took on the role of regional minister of the Northwest region. He has been married to Kristi for more than twenty-four years, and they have three children, Jaden, Grace, and Josiah. He enjoys Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret by Howard and Geraldine Taylor, as well as outdoor activities such as tennis, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and coaching baseball and basketball.Office Phone: (360) 810-2505 | E-mail: chris.nabnw@gmail.com
Address:
8244 54th Ave SE
Lacey, WA 98513
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Saskatchewan Baptist Association

In addition to fourteen churches, the Saskatchewan Baptist Association also includes Good Spirit Bible Camp, which reaches out to children and youth from nine First Nations reservations. The regional minister is Pastor Ken Solberg.

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Pastor Ken Solberg
Regional Minister
He was born in Saskatchewan, but spent most of his formative years in British Columbia. He has two children with his wife, Marlene, and they have two grandchildren. He earned a BA in Pastoral Ministries from Briercrest Bible College. He has pastored churches in Regina and in Melville, during which time he also served as vice moderator, moderator, and cluster leader in the Saskatchewan Baptist Association, of which he became the regional minister in 2011.Office Phone: (306) 569-3444 | Cell Phone: (306) 569-0769 | E-mail: rmsknab@icloud.com
Address:
4302 McMillian Dr
Regina, SK S4X 0C7
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Southern California Association

The Southern California Association contains four different ethnic groups who form twenty-one churches in the Southern California Association. Orange County is also the sight of the NAB Youth Gathering every three years. The regional minister is Rev. Bob Klein.

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Rev. Bob Klein
Regional Minister
He has been married to Cindy for more than thirty-six years. They have one son. He is both the regional minister for the Southern California Association and the lead pastor at Mountain View Community Church in Fontana, California. He holds an MDiv from North American Baptist Seminary, now Sioux Falls Seminary, and he also attended Grace University in Omaha, Nebraska, and California State University, Sacramento. He is an avid Nebraska football fan and makes sure to follow USC sports, especially football.Office Phone: (909) 357-9377 | Cell Phone: (909) 262-2163 | E-mail: rklein6033@sbcglobal.net
Address:
8833 Palmetto Ave.
Fontana, CA 92335
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Upper Mississippi Region

The Upper Mississippi Region contains forty-four churches that range in age between four years old and 150 years old, as well as churches as small as fifty and some larger than a thousand each Sunday. The regional minister is Dr. James Renke.

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Dr. James Renke
Regional Minister
He currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. He and his wife, Kris, have been married for more than thirty years and have four sons, two daughters-in-law, and three grandkids. He attended Moody Bible Institute, Sioux Falls Seminary, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he received his DMin. He taught for several years as an adjunct professor and has served as a church planter and a pastor in four states. He enjoys going on long rides on his motorcycle.Cell Phone: (630) 247-6154 | E-mail: Rev.jimrenke@gmail.com
Address:
P.O. Box 2279
Glen Ellyn, IL 60138-2279
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